What Did I Miss?

A recap of yesterday's sporting news

Dustin Johnson. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images.

Yesterday was a big day for the sports world, as two MAJOR events opened up. We’ll start on the PGA TOUR, as the US Open began in extremely difficult conditions. Out of 156 players, only 5 golfers were at Even par or (-1) on the day. Heading into Friday’s action, there are 4 men tied for the lead at (-1), including the #1 golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson.

It’s safe to say that everybody had a rough day, even the superstars. Phil Mickelson finished (+7), Jordan Spieth finished (+8), Jason Day finished (+9) and Rory McIlroy finished (+10). Tiger Woods started the day off at (+4) through his first two holes. He gathered himself, but finished poorly down the stretch, including a four-putt. He finished the day with a (+8) score of 78.

Today’s scoring should be a little bit easier with the winds not coming in as strong as they were yesterday. Here are some of the best shots of the day.

The World Cup also began yesterday, as the host country Russia just dismantled Saudi Arabia. The Russians led 2-0 at halftime, before scoring in the 71st minute, and adding two more in stoppage time for a 5-0 victory. I am unable to embed the highlights due to FOX copyright issues, so you can follow this link if you would like to watch highlights of the beat down.

The Cleveland Indians earned a split of their 4-game series with the Chicago White Sox after a 5-2 victory yesterday in the Windy City. Mike Clevinger earned the Win for the Tribe, pitching 7 innings with 1 earned run, and 11 strikeouts. Jose Ramirez was just 1-5 on the day, but had 2 RBI and scored a run himself, while Francisco Lindor hit a lead-off home run to start the game. The Indians are now 36-31 on the year.

The Top Play of the Day comes from the US Open, where there were very few good shots all day. Don’t tell that to Dean Burmester of South Africa, who hit two of the most incredible shots I saw over the course of the first round. Burmester’s drive on the 18th hole went 411 yards, and he had just 105 in. Here is his approach shot.

That shot moved Burmester from (+7) to (+5), and just 6 shots off the lead. Not a bad way to end the round.

In today’s action, the US Open continues and we have three World Cup matches, all on the FOX networks throughout the morning and afternoon. The Cincinnati Reds are back in action tonight at the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the Cleveland Indians host the Minnesota Twins.